Factile, also known as Playfactile, is an online, cloud-based, jeopardy-style quiz game. Factile works great for a multitude of subject areas and even has pre-made games to choose from for subjects like math, science, history, and English. The tool allows instructors to create their own games for face-to-face courses or send a link for students to try asynchronously on their own. If you already know the type of questions you would include in a jeopardy-style game, the tool is user-friendly and will walk you through creating a game.  

Link to Factile Website   

Gamification – Factile uses game-like features to help make learning more fun. The tool can be used in face-to-face courses, synchronous courses over Zoom, or even asynchronously online. Factile helps make learning interactive, engaging, and collaborative. 

Formative Assessment – instructors can choose from pre-made games or create their own to help students study for an upcoming exam or to check their understanding throughout each unit/chapter.  

Collaborative Learning – using Factile in teams can allow students to build on their teamwork skills through active collaboration. By gamifying the experience, students would have to communicate their thoughts and ideas with one another in order to succeed. In addition to learning content material, Factile helps build valuable skills transferrable outside of the classroom.  

Critical Thinking and Reflection – consider adding moments of reflection throughout the game to allow students to reflect on their learning experience with the tool and with difficult content.  

Factile has a selection of feature options to explore. Check out the following options below and get started within your Factile account:  

  • Play with up to 100 teams! 
  • Integrate math equations with LaTeX formatting options  
  • Create individual flashcards for studying  
  • Search thousands of templates so you don’t have to start from scratch 
  • Setup preset teams to use throughout the whole term  
  • Encourage community building by allowing students to upload their own team names and mascots  
  • Include music, images, and sound effects  
  • Buzzer Mode – allow students to buzz in via their laptops, smartphones, or tablets for synchronous class session (both on Zoom or in a face-to-face classroom).  
  • Self-Paced Factile Review Game – create a multiple choice or memory style review game for students to play with at any time. This also works great for practice study exam questions.  
  • Collaboration mode allow other accounts to edit games together 
  • And so much more 

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Factile ranks 1/5 stars for accessibility. To learn more about the accessibility review, contact otl@du.edu. 

  • Partially Supports Alternative Input Experience/Keyboard Navigation 
  • Supports Screen Magnification 

Watch the following video for a general overview of Factile   

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Learn how to create and edit a game in the video below:  

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This technology is not included with the University of Denver. Faculty, staff, and students may need to purchase a subscription. The technology may offer educational pricing with an “.edu” email address. Free trials or free accounts may also be available through the technology website.

Chad, P. (2012). The use of team-based learning as an approach to increased engagement and learning for marketing students: a case study. Journal of Marketing Education. 34(2)128-139. DOI:10.1177/0273475312450388 

Simkin, M. G. (2013). Playing jeopardy in the classroom: An empirical study. Journal of Information Systems Education, 24(3) 

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OTL Technology Rating
GREEN technologies are appropriate for teaching at DU. The tool does not pose a risk to student privacy or FERPA regulations..